January 30, 2017 Subject:
The Rewards Are Obscure
Waxley Molding presents I'm Not Sure, live from the Letchwood Timber Concourse / Concourse Timberlodge Ballroom / whatever Don decides to call it at any given time. There's a live taping of three I'm Not Sure shows. Other people have explained what's going on, so here's a summary of some timings and a few other comments.
This is essentially all of a 3-hour show, with just some small fragments (30 or so seconds maybe) occasionally missing (presumably as somebody turns over a C90 cassette tape -- they occur around once every 45 minutes).
The first show: After Waxley's typically idiosynchratic opening material, Dick Goodbody does some terrible warm-up material around 7 minutes in, The Weatherman tells us the first third of Happy the Harmonica at 00:12, after that Dick takes callers until 00:53 and if you just want to get a feeling for the show, this caller part is worth skipping, unless you want to hear Richard playing the straight talk-show host for 30 minutes (and there's more of this later anyway).
Second show: Dick is back with the same terrible warm-up material at 1:08, the Weatherman gives us Part 2 at 1:12 and then the second I'm Not Sure show, in which Don, Mark and David (and possibly Ian Allen, I'm unsure if he was there or not; Don seems unconvinced at the end when doing the credits) interfere much more in the background.
Third show: no warm-up material from Dick thank goodness, the Weatherman gets his third and final outing at 2:12, and then we have callers playing I'm Not Sure, with the exciting addition of the I'm Not Sure I'm Not Sure Board, until basically the end of the show, this time with Don and Negativland interfering in the mix a great deal, with tapes, synths and David's oscillator. Sammy The Whammy gets several outings in this one (usually to get rid of repeat callers).
In my mind this 3-hour show gets better as it goes on; viewers in a hurry might want to skip the hour between David's two pieces at 0:15 and 1:15, although the hardcore Dick Goodbody fans will I'm sure enjoy it all.
Classic subversion of the call in / game show trivia radio show that was probably a global phenomena in the 1980's. I could listen to Dick's voice all day, so soothing in delivery, so searing the subtext of consumerist over-consumption and jingle brainwashing that pervades this show. Beautiful organ and Weatherman interludes also.
September 22, 2015 Subject:
From the groups catalog:
Dick Goodbody hosts a taping of his TV commercial trivia quiz show, ‘I’m Not Sure’, before a ‘live’ audience in the Timerledge Ballroom. Contestants are callers. The rules are excruciatingly elaborate. The Weatherman entertains with one of this first versions of ‘Happy The Harmonica’. Lots of quiz, lots of applause, and a few ‘behind the scene’ scenes."